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State task force addresses water issues

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

During these drought years,  you notice the competition for water. Farmers, wildlife, and recreation all depend on it. Not to mention everyone who needs water to come out of the tap.

That's why officials assembled a state water task force.

"We have an objective to develop a plan that we can present to the legislature next session that will get Nebraska to a point that we are water sustainable," Senator Tom Carlson said.

Which means not using anymore water on average than what we have available.

The state's wildlife federation says they hope water quality will also be considered.

"What we're hoping is that the water quality, the pollution in our rivers, it's at least an equal shake with the water quantity issues that the task force is dealing with," executive director Duane Hovarka said.

Which could happen before the end of the year.

28 meetings are scheduled from now until December, so this task force can meet and come to a consensus on this water issue.

An issue the new facilitating team can lead through the process.

"This is a big task and it's an important task, I think it's one of the most important things that we could address as a state, but water is life," Senator Carlson said.

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